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Monday, April 15, 2013

Where were they?

I suppose that every genealogists dreams of locating ancestors during certain time periods. Where was he in 1850? The census records do not always satisfy and there are a number of reasons you did not find him. Each census taker was assigned a district and this district could have been located close to County Line Road. I am calling it that because this old-fashioned naming meant that it was very close to the line of the adjacent county. Thus, many persons were not included in the census for this simple reason. Other reasons is spelling of names and initials used. For this reason you should be suspicious of everyone with the same surname and the ages of the children. A child could be called "Walter" in an early census, but called William W. in the next one. There is all kinds of stuff going on here with the naming of children. However, all the more reason to go straight to the county court house and search all of those records. I mean deeds, wills, estates, marriages, tax records. Find yourself in the probate court and stay there until you have examined every possibility.  Yes, the old court house records are sometimes difficult to read. That is because the hand-writing during was more fancy during earlier eras. Even during the 1880s, you will see the wonderful script, but during colonial periods, a colonial alphabet is indicated. Such an alphabet is published on this link at Virginia Pioneers.net  Most ancestors in Georgia came from the Carolinas and Virginia.  To make thing easier, the websites listed below contain a number of digitized old wills for easier viewing on your computer.

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